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Hatem Alakeel Reimagines the Thobe with a Sports-Luxe Edge

Hatem Alakeel

He is known for his ability to consistently reinvent traditional silhouettes, and Hatam Alakeel‘s latest collection is no exception. The Saudi Arabian designer has unveiled a new concept of thobes, as part of his Toby by Hatam Alakeel line. The creations breathe a contemporary edge into the national dress, elevating the classic design into something with an urban street appeal.

“This collection is about returning to the quintessential aesthetic of Toby casualwear with a specific emphasis on the elegance of sportswear,” said Alakeel, describing the collection’s essence as “sports luxe à la traditional”. “The thobe is reinvented and transformed from a traditional piece to a modern shirt, bomber, or shirt jacket, that still encompasses the Toby thobe DNA and its unique aesthetic.”

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With a palette rich in deep navy, icy grey, crisp white, and charcoal, the line boasts an understated yet sports-ready appeal that is bound to appeal to many a millennial shopper. Marrying an authenticity with an avant-garde flair, Alakeel’s designs also incorporate a number of shirts, that can be worn to the office and off-duty alike.

Scroll through the gallery below to explore the new collection.

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